Minister of Information, Communications, Technology and Civic Education, Patricia Kaliati has taken a swipe on importers who regard Malawi as a dumping site for cheap and substandard commodities, warning government will start pouncing on them.
Kaliati issued out the warning during the launch of Malawi Digital Television and digital decoders branded ‘Kiliye Kiliye’ Decoders in Zomba over the weekend.
Malawi has migrated from analogue to digital broadcasting and Mzuzu will be the first to switch over from analogue to digital broadcasting on 30th June this year (2016).
Kaliati has called on Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) to up their efforts in curbing importation of cheap and substandard supplies such as television sets, decoders and other appliances if the citizenry are to start trusting the two institutions.
“Come July 1st, the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) should make sure that all decoders that are not digital should not be found on the market or be imported into the country. Let me ask officials to intensify awareness messages to the public so that they understand, embrace and adopt the change because come 1st July, we are going digital,” she said.
Kiliye Kiliye digital decoders are being sold at reduced prices from K15, 000 to K13, 500 to enable more Malawians purchase the decoder.
“We need to be an ICT and digital driven nation and everyone else must migrate. This is the reason government has subsidized the price to enable all Malawians afford the decoder,” she said.
She, therefore, asked broadcasters who are on digital broadcasting to incorporate a cultural perspective as the president is championing the Buy- Malawian Campaign.
Malawi is among the five countries that have been recognized by International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to have migrated in the SADC countries joining Mauritius, Tanzania, Namibia and Mozambique.